Thursday, December 04, 2008

SOG, state police search for Maoists

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Dec 3: The Special Operations Group (SOG) and state armed police carried out combing operations in Chandaka forest areas on the outskirts of the state capital today following reports of suspected Maoist movement in the area.
Apparently there was no intelligence input as yet and it was all based on people of a slum saying that they had seen a few strangers moving suspiciously in the area late last night.

"The combing operations are on and it will continue," said a senior police officer. He did reveal that they were acting upon information provided by villagers.
"Some of the villagers said that they had come across strangers carrying arms and sporting black outfits," informed the police officer."The combing operations in the forest area have not revealed anything as yet," he added.

The city police has been put on alert and police stations in the periphery areas of the state capital stand reinforced.

It is pertinent to note that Chandaka forest areas are contiguous to the corridor of Nayagarh, Daspalla forests extending further to jungles of Kandhamal and Gajapati districts which are known strongholds of Maoists.

The Nayagarh district armoury attack last February was the first shocking incident showing how the Maoist had made deep inroads in the state and had reached close to the state capital.
More recently, the state capital had another jolt when on 1 December Maoists posters were found. The posters had warned people against joining or supporting communal forces. Revolutionaries will punish all those who join or support communal elements, it had stated.

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